Wildlife Seminar by Second Year Students of Bachelor of Environmental Management

I came across this Wildlife seminar two days before the actually event was held. This seminar was organised by second year students of Bachelor of Environmental Management (which is the other bachelor programme in my faculty besides the one I am enrolled in currently) as the final project for the course EMG 4991 Environmental Management Seminar in which students were trained to give seminar or speech in a formal way conducted by Madam Rosta binti Harun. This form of communication skill is very important for environmental students as we are responsible in instilling the environmental awareness among the public using the most efficient way. It will give the public an impression towards us and we will be judge according to the way we talk and this leads to whether they will take our message seriously or not. The aim for this seminar which consisted of 10 presentations was to raise awareness among university students about the endangered species of wildlife in Malaysia. It could be an eye opener to many people towards wild life in Malaysia (not really to me as I watched a lot of wildlife documentaries with my grandma when I was a kid, haha).

They invited Madam Rahmah Ilias, Assistant Senior Director of Biodiversity Conservation Division in Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Peninsular Malaysia (or we called it PERHILITAN in Malay) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as one of the VIPs. She has worked with the department for 10 years (which she considered as not very experienced compared to others who work with wildlife for a even longer period). She gave really useful comments and informations on each topic and that was really impressing that she knew each species very well! The 10 endangered species that were in the spotlight were (Google images):

 

I believe many of us know a little or more about these precious species of wildlife in Malaysia. All of them are listed under the redlist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature which has given these species the status of vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered (these are the degree of vulnerability towards extinction). There is poaching activities to satisfy the market for exotic accessories (coat, necklace, ishoes etc.), food (meat, paw, egg etc.), medicine (gall bladder, scale, horn etc.) or even pets. Besides that, the logging and clearing of forest render these poor animals no place to take shelter and no source of food, causing them to wander into human residential areas and thus leading to destruction of crops or threatening the safety of livestocks. This will again cause more hunting of these animals to reduce the so called ‘problems’ raised by these wild animals. These are the two main factors that drive wildlife towards extinction in Malaysia. Their death is either caused by the direct killing or the indirect one which is the loss of habitats.

The government and non-government organizations have done a lot of things to prevent the extinction of these species including implementing wildlife protection acts, setting up wildlife conservation sanctuaries, education and the list goes on. However, poachers are still laying their hand on these creatures until the last one is taken down. The reason is simple: there are markets, there are money-earning opportunities, there are the chances to get rich by just one shot. The destruction of forests is also driven by human’s greed towards wealth that Nature is exploited to the maximum limit that all the resources available are being sucked dry in the name of development. Yes we are just normal people who have never seen the deforestation or the poaching process with our own eyes, but there are some little things that we can do to contribute to this bigger aim which is to prevent the extinction of exotic species which roam only here in South East Asia. Their extinction will indicate the forever lost of one member from the natural ecosystem. The simplest thing that we can do is to say NO towards any wildlife-related products as it is ILLEGAL to purchase or consume any part of the animals or else you will be one of the contributor to the black market of wildlife trading. Besides, avoid forest wood product, turn to recycled materials or commercial wood such as rubberwood to lower the rate of cutting down of primary or secondary forests. In addition, sign petition! Just a click on the internet to voice our opposition towards actions that would destroy the natural habitats of wildlife! Last but not least, volunteer yourselves in conservation projects which are held from time to time in respective sanctuaries all over Malaysia. Just Google the location and make a decision to do it this coming semester break. Being part of the efforts in conservation and preservation of flora and fauna in Malaysia has become a relative easy task compared to those days. So why not do it now?


P/S: This article is taken from my personal blog.

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